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Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda wasn’t on my radar as a place to visit until the end of January, when I started hearing from a few friends in New York about the burgeoning tourism industry there. Rwanda still didn’t make it onto my “Must-see/go/do” list, but by the time I left in February it had been upgraded from “As … Continue reading

Rainbow Nation

Rainbow Nation

South Africa is one of the largest and most populous countries in Africa, and one of the benefits of its size is diversity. The country has beautiful beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, bustling cities, peaceful farmlands, and everything in between. And the population is equally diverse — South Africa is home to people of African, Indian, … Continue reading

How to say GCW

How to say GCW

From the same country (though not the same language) that brought you the !K sound, I present: How to Say Gcwihaba In case you’re wondering, Gcwihaba is the name of a group of caves in northern Botswana that are also home to some ancient rock paintings, although they are not as well-known as the ones … Continue reading

Home sweet Gaborone

Home sweet Gaborone

I had planned to finish posting about my April travels before writing about life in Gaborone, but I’ve been here for almost a month now and still not caught up, so I figure it’s about time for an actual live update. Since early May, I’ve been living in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. Batswana … Continue reading

Safari Series: Lion vs. Buffalo

Safari Series: Lion vs. Buffalo

What can I say about lions? For starters, hopefully Daniel won’t be too embarrassed for me to admit that we spent about an hour a day while on safari singing songs from The Lion King, plus roughly another half hour per day on The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Technically I did most of the singing, although … Continue reading

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum (or Aksum — as with many languages that we transliterate, we found that there often isn’t just one correct spelling for places in Ethiopia) is a small city in Tigrai, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, near the Eritrean border. Tigrayans are ethnically the same as Eritreans, and their first language is Tigrinya, although almost … Continue reading

On the Road, Part Three: How to say !K

On the Road, Part Three: How to say !K

Our first stop in Botswana was at a campsite near a town where there is a small community of Bushmen. Bushmen are also known as the San people, as well as by a host of other names that refer to specific tribes (e.g., !kung — the !k is pronounced as a particular type of click) … Continue reading

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

Very belated goodbye to Cape Town

It’s been a few weeks now since I left Cape Town (I blame a combination of wi-fi deprivation and a crazy tour schedule), but before I start flooding the blog with Namibia / Botswana photos, I wanted to post about my last few days in Cape Town. The highlight of those last few days was … Continue reading